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Logan football’s playoff hopes in jeopardy after loss to Eureka

By Clarence Garcia, Courier Staff Writer

Edited by Joshua Vasquez, Courier Sports Editor

In a grueling 7-hour drive, the James Logan Colts traveled far up North last Friday to play the Eureka High Loggers, who were considered underdogs despite being undefeated.

The Colts were coming off of a blowout victory vs. the Washington High Huskies led behind impressive performances by Senior Runningbacks Ke’sean Cohen and Tariq Jabbaar, who each ran for over 100 yards with touchdowns.

Logan proved that they could be a high-powered offense after averaging only 14 points a game all season and looked to maintain that momentum going into Friday nights game.

Things got out to a rough start for the Colts, as the Loggers quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter by scoring on back-to-back drives, and holding Logan to a three-and-out on their first possession. Eureka brought out a handful of misdirection plays that caught the Colts off guard early, putting them in a tight spot defensively.

The Colts were finally able to score before halftime on a TD pass from junior quarterback, Irvin Garnica, to standout senior wide receiver, Rezjohn Wright. As it turns out, that drive was the only thing Logan had going for them the whole game. The Colts’ plays were plagued with small mistakes that cost them potential scoring opportunities, as they got into penalty trouble almost every time. It was either bad luck or just plain fatigue from the long ride, that caused the Colts to lose their usual mental sharpness and intensity.

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Gender Equality in the Tech Industry

By: Sukhmani Kaur Batra, Courier Staff Writer

After disclosures of sexual-harassment and discrimination in Silicon Valley, a backlash is growing against the women in tech movement and the Logan community has various opinions about it.

As Silicon Valley reels from the recent high-profile sexual-harassment and discrimination scandals, conversations of gender equality are being given a broader traction. In return, there are a lot of men, particularly among young people, who are pushing for men’s rights and a radical subculture calling for male separatism is emerging.

Analyzing this backlash, Logan students looked into historical precedents.

When asked about the historical trend of backlash against the push for gender equality, junior Jeremiah Riley said, “I honestly believe so. Women have been treated unfairly all throughout history. They did not get the right to vote until the 1920’s they were also commonly seen a beneath the man.”

With many Logan students aiming to pursue a career in the tech industry, the Logan community has mixed perspectives.

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Rock Legend Tom Petty Dies at 66

By Horace Assar, Arjot Pabla, Demisha Simmons-Price, & Princess Ganutan, Courier Staff Writers

After decades of performing with the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 66.

Petty was a California rock star inspired by many great artists such as Bob Dylan, the Byrds, Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. Some of Petty’s greatest hits include Free Fallin’, You Don’t Know How it Feels, and I Won’t Back Down.

With a talent for songwriting and a magnificent voice, Tom Petty gave the Heartbreakers a 1960s contemporary feel and sound. Well into 2017, Petty continued to perform at live concerts, with his hits earning millions of dollars. He entered the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 2002, and in 2008, he played at the Super Bowl halftime show.

Petty had an influential and lasting impact on several Logan teachers.

Mr. Hannigan, the Courier advisor, said, “It’s a tragedy. The first I saw him was in 1977, and it was the greatest show I have ever seen. It is a terrible loss and scary for me because he is only a few years older than me. I wish I’d gone and seen him in his last Bay Area show […] it is too bad that not many students are familiar with his work.”

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Movie Review: Kingsman–The Golden Circle

By Alyssa Tornel, Courier Staff Writer

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (rated R) brings back all of our favorite characters and introduces us to some new as well, all in an action-packed sequel.

The story has an exhilarating beginning with our main character, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), reuniting with a familiar face. Eggsy runs into Charlie (Edward Holcroft), who failed to become a Kingsman in the first movie. Charlie manages to steal all of the Kingsmen’s’ information and then passes it on to his boss and new villain Poppy, played by Julianne Moore. Poppy is the head of a large organization called The Golden Circle and also the leader of a major drug cartel. Poppy uses the information given to her by Charlie to plan an attack on the Kingsmen which leaves only two survivors, Eggsy and Merlin (played by Mark Strong).

Merlin is given an even bigger role for this second installment and allows the audience to get more attached to him. Eggsy and Merlin must now travel all the way to Kentucky to join forces with their brother organization because after the attack, they’re left with nothing. The Kingsmen and Statesmen must work together to take down Poppy, who was not only behind the attack of the Kingsmen, but has an even bigger plan up her sleeve. Poppy is now planning to use her drugs as a weapon to have millions killed by the disease that she planted in her drugs. The Kingsmen and Statesmen have to join forces and get the anecdote from her before it’s too late.

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Sunday Funnies on Monday!

By Erica Garcia and Victoria Meneses, Courier Cartoonists

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Deserve to preserve? The Logan community’s take on Confederate monuments

By Sukhmani Kaur Batra, Rachel Ocampo, and Rajvir Dhaliwal, Courier Staff Writers

On the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade discussed Confederate monuments with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The James Logan community has strong opinions about some of Kilmeade’s controversial statements.

Zinke was in Shanksville, PA, where one of the planes had crashed during 911, killing all of the passengers. He and Vice President Mike Pence were there to commemorate the forty passengers. “We’re really reflecting on how great this country is and the sacrifices we made, and also talking about the change that 9/11 brought to all Americans”, said Zinke.

During the interview, Kilmeade made a comparison between the 9/11 memorial and Confederate statues, asking, “Do you worry 100 years from now someone is going to take that memorial down like they are trying to remake our memorials today?”

Zinke responded,”I’m one that believes we should learn from history and I think our monuments are part of our country’s history.”

When asked about her views regarding Kilmeade’s statement, Alida Lombardi, a James Logan history teacher, stated, “It’s almost like comparing apples and oranges. I think that was kind of disingenuous of Fox.”

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The New IT is a KILLER

By Alyssa Tornel, Courier Staff Writer

Every 27 years, a mysterious shape-shifting clown returns to Derry, Maine to torment the kids that live there. This new movie, IT, is focused on a group of kids who belong to “the losers club.” After a couple of kids go missing, Pennywise the clown begins to set his target on the losers. Throughout the movie the kids are faced with the difficult and terrifying task of stopping Pennywise.

IT (Rated R) is a completely revamped version of the original 1990 movieThis new version of the classic highlights origins of the kids, allowing the viewer to learn about how they became friends and became dubbed “the losers club”.

Unlike the previous version, which jumps back and forth between the kids’ current and older lives, the new IT presents their fears in a more intimate setting, letting the viewer empathize with their fears of being tormented by Pennywise.

Whenever Pennywise is on the screen, the audience is always on the edge of their seats. Whatever he will do next is completely unpredictable. Filled with jump scares, IT succeeds in keeping its viewers’ hearts pounding the whole time. If you aren’t a fan of such movies, don’t worry; IT also features comedy and “feel good” friendship from the conversations between the kids.

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James Logan Women’s Water Polo brings home ANOTHER victory!

By Israel Avila and Daisy Tamayo, Courier Staff Writers

Logan’s Varsity Women’s Water Polo is still undefeated at 7-0, after beating Mission San Jose by a score of 10-2 on Wednesday afternoon.

Although the season has just begun, the team already knows what their strengths and weaknesses are as individuals, and most importantly, as a team.

Haley Pulido, Logan’s goalie, stated that just knowing that the team is there for each other makes her “thrive more, want to be more competitive, and try harder.” However, she believes that one of the team’s main weaknesses is communication: “We need communication all the time or we’re not gonna get anywhere.”

In order to help the team improve, Pulido plans to condition her legs more intensely, because “the main [role] of the goalie is to tread water and you rely on your legs the whole time.”

Another player, Alina Lam, specializes in her arm and her defense. However, she believes she is “in the exclusion box a lot, because [she] gets called a lot for offensive or defensive fouls.” Minimizing her foul trouble is one of her biggest goals this season.

Lam also plans to devote more time to the team, in spite of other extracurricular activities, since the team must remain close together to succeed.

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Should Logan have open-campus lunch?

By Catherine Nguyen and Sheris MendiolaCourier Staff Writers                                                                                              Mary Kay Jimenez-Floyd, Managing Editor

Whether students should be able to have lunch beyond the campus is a heated topic that often sticks to the minds of staff and students.

In recent years, a majority of the Logan students have been yearning to have Open-Campus Lunch. In support for this concept, students cite reasons such as the poor taste of school food, freedom of choice, and lessons for responsibility.

Multiple students cited Open-Campus Lunch as giving “students a wider variety.” For example, sophomore Marisela Arredondo believes that “it gives [us] more options” if students prefer not to buy the Logan food, or lack the time to make their own lunches.

Gracie Davis, a freshman, believes that this increased range of lunches would benefit the kids’ well-being as students.

Similarly, Jordan Parish, a 9th grader, says that “It will teach kids how to actually be responsible and manage time.”

Senior Holly Caling, however, believes that there should be some restrictions: “We should only have off campus lunch for seniors. If your GPA is over a 3.0, you should be able to go off campus for lunch.”

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Logan Football logs first win of the season against Castro Valley

By Joshua Vasquez, Courier Staff Writer

The James Logan Mighty Colts played their third non-league game of the season this past Friday, against the Castro Valley High Trojans.

The Colts, who played their first home game of the season last week against Freedom High Eagles (Oakley, California), looked to gain positive momentum going into the remainder of the season after losing to Freedom 55-6. Logan made costly errors throughout the game turning the ball over 5 times, including late in the game on Freedom’s 2 yard line.

After the game, senior RB and captain, Kesean Cohen, stated, “I feel like we just didn’t take care of the ball and capitalize on our opportunities. We gave them that game and I truly believe we were the more physical team; we just didn’t execute when we needed too. It’s behind us now though, and our mindset now is on Castro Valley.”

Castro Valley, already 2-1 this season, was coming off a big win against Newark Memorial 61-34. With a tough to beat Wing-T Offense, the odds were in their favor. When asked what their most difficult task this week would be, Junior LB Kimo Fukofuka said “We all have to do our own individual jobs this week, whether it’s the D-line fighting pressure and not getting trapped or myself and the backers making the correct reads and triggering. We all have to do our part and  play team defense in order to be successful.”

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